Harriet Tubman was born in Maryland in 1820. She was born under the name Araminta Ross but then later changed her name when she got married to John Tubman in 1844. Being one of nine children in her family, she didn’t get very much attention as a child. Harriet experienced a lot of physical violence in her childhood also. When she was 12 years old she was hit with a 2 pound iron weight in the head. This caused her to have periodic seizures for her whole life. In 1849, Harriet was going to be sold from the plantation, but she escaped before anyone saw her. She walked miles in the darkness by herself and finally arrived in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, Harriet worked and saved her money to help free slaves. In 1850, she came back to Maryland and led her sister and her sisters’ two children to freedom and soon after that she went back for her brother and two other men. When she came back for her...
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